Surviving Bataan and Beyond: Colonel Irvin Alexander's Odyssey as a Japanese Prisoner of War

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Dominic J. Caraccilo
Stackpole Books, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 342 pages
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  • Deeply moving, intensely graphic account of World War II prisoners of war
  • Includes a gut-wrenching description of the Bataan Death March

Few American prisoners of war during World War II suffered more than the group that was captured on the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines. The men were forced to endure the infamous Death March, a series of overcrowded prison camps, and the "hell ships" transporting them to Japan and Korea. Among them was Col. Irvin Alexander, who recounts his harrowing experience as a captive of the Japanese. As a midlevel commander, he knew the politics behind the surrender in April 1942, but he also suffered with the rest of the men through a horrific confinement. This is the story of one man's struggle to survive a brutal, often unfathomable captivity.

 

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This is Col. Irvin Alexander's gripping memoir of the fall of the Philippines, the Bataan Death March, and his three and a half years as a prisoner of war during World War II. Originally written in ... Read full review

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Page 16 - We're the battling bastards of Bataan; No mama, no papa, no Uncle Sam No aunts, no uncles, no cousins no nieces; No pills, no planes, no artillery pieces . . . And nobody gives a...
Page 16 - We're the battling bastards of Bataan: No mama, no papa, no Uncle Sam, No aunts, no uncles, no nephews, no nieces, No rifles, no planes, or artillery pieces, And nobody gives a damn.
Page 6 - Alexander focused his energies on working hard and accomplishing his missions as the assistant post quartermaster. The post quartermaster, Lt. Col. WE Durst, known as "Poppy," rated Major Alexander as "very well informed; has necessary intelligence [and] judgment to make decisions with force to accomplish them." Brig. Gen. EP King,25 the post commander, indicated that Major Alexander was in the "upper third; quiet, unassuming, capable, loyal, [and a] gentleman . . . especially desirable [for the]...

About the author (2005)

Col. Dominic J. Caraccilo has served three tours in Iraq as operations officer of the 101st Airborne Division and commander of an airborne battalion. A decorated combat veteran, he is a graduate of West Point and holds master's degrees from the Naval War College and Cornell. He is based out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

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